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    Candidate Information



    Deputy Director Business Consultancy Service (Grade 6)

    Department of Finance (DoF), Business Consultancy Service (BCS)

    Completed Application Forms must be returned to

    HRConnect no later than 12 noon (UK time) on

    Friday 15th June 2018

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    Department of Finance

    (DoF) Annex B 15

    Department of Finance


    Contents Page Foreword 3 Background 4 Job Description 7 Person Specification 14 Selection Process 18 General Information 23 Annex A Nationality 30 Annex B Civil Service Commissioners 31

    Communication between HRConnect and you HRConnect will issue electronically as many competition communications as possible, you should therefore check your email account to make sure that you dont miss any important communications in relation to this competition. There may, however, still be a necessity to issue some correspondence by hard copy mail.

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    Thank you for your interest in this competition to fill the position of Deputy Director Business Consultancy Service, Business Consultancy Service in the Department of Finance. This is a challenging and rewarding leadership role which offers personal and professional rewards for the successful candidate. The Business Consultancy Service provides a hard-charged internal business consultancy services to the Northern Ireland Civil Service and the wider public sector. It is a component of the Public Sector Reform Division (PSRD) within the Strategic Policy and Reform Directorate. The Northern Ireland Civil Service is engaged in a major programme of reform and modernisation with a view to improving the services citizens receive from government and helping to ensure increasing demands can be met within the available resources. Crucial to the success of supporting Northern Ireland Civil Service reform are highly skilled, motivated and committed staff. BCS will play a key part in helping Northern Ireland Executive Departments deliver their reform priorities. This is a key senior management role providing an exciting opportunity to help shape and transform the delivery of public services. The role is demanding requiring a strategic and creative thinker, who can demonstrate leadership and develop partnerships. I hope this pack will meet your information needs and encourage you to apply for this position. Applications are welcome from eligible candidates from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Bill Pauley Director, Department of Finance

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    About the Department of Finance (DoF) The Department currently incorporates eight business areas and has approximately 3000 staff. The overall aim of the Department is to help the Executive secure the most appropriate and effective use of resources and services for the benefit of the community. In pursuing this aim, the key objective of the Department is to deliver quality, cost effective and efficient public services and administration in the Departments areas of executive responsibility. More information on the functions and structure of the Department can be found on our website

    About the Public Sector Reform Division Business Consultancy Service (BCS) sits within Public Service Reform Division (PSRD). PSRD is structured into a number of business areas that will take forward the Ministerial reform programme to transform, change and bring creative and innovation solutions to problems facing the NICS and wider public sector. PSRD works with the other Executive departments to assist them in making the reforms they require a reality. PSRD seeks to stimulate innovation in service delivery and to gather and disseminate best practice in areas such as public expenditure, shared services and digital delivery. PSRD also engages with different parts of the Public Sector. This could include:- Individual departments / Arms Length Bodies Cross-government led by other parts of NICS Cross-government led by other parts of DoF Activities led by PSRD Liaison with counterparts in Scottish & Welsh Assemblies, Cabinet Office, London and Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, Dublin. In some cases PSRD actively drives specific reforms, in other cases provides support and enables progress at a corporate, departmental / business area level. About the Business Consultancy Service

    BCS is the principal source of internal consultancy services across the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) and also provides services to the wider public sector, providing a range of consultancy interventions to shape, lead, manage and implement transformational change.

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    The Business Consultancy Service deploys its resources and efforts to help shape the future of the public sector by supporting its clients through programmes of work across all government departments and arms length bodies and by improving delivery of services for the citizen. BCS offers a consulting service focused on supporting transformational activities. The service includes: advising on, implementing and evaluating new policy and strategy; developing and improving organisational structures and services; and supporting organisational change reviews and implementation programmes. The post holder will play a key role in leading on and ensuring BCS work programmes provide clients with high quality consultancy support, specific to business needs whilst ensuring BCS business objectives continue to be met.

    G3 Director

    Strategic Policy and Reform

    G5 Head of Public Sector Reform


    G5 Head of Rating Policy Division

    G5 Head of European


    G5 Head of Strategic

    Policy Division

    G6 Head of Business

    Consultancy Service

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    There is currently 1 permanent, full time vacancy. Further appointments may be made from this competition should NICS positions become vacant which require the same eligibility criteria and have similar duties and responsibilities.


    The location of the post will be Clare House, 303 Airport Road West, Belfast, BT3 9ED. Candidates may, on occasion, be expected to work on client sites across Northern Ireland.


    The salary payable will be within the range 56,252 - 63,346 (under review) within which pay progression will be performance related.

    Starting salary will normally be at the minimum of the scale. If the successful candidate is an existing civil servant, normal pay on promotion/re-grading arrangements will apply.

    Hours of Work

    The normal conditioned hours of work are full-time 37 hours per week Monday to Friday. However successful candidates will be expected to be flexible in relation to working hours in order to fulfil the demands of the post. DoF operates a flexible working hours system.


    The successful candidates will be required to travel to meetings at different locations inside and occasionally outside Northern Ireland. They must therefore have access to a form of transport which will enable them to fulfil their responsibilities.


    In addition to public and privilege holidays, currently 12 days, the annual leave allowance will be 25 days, increasing to 30 days after 5 years service.


    The NICS offers all employees an attractive pensions package. Further details of this can be found on page 23 of this booklet.

    Vetting Requirements

    The successful candidate will be required to be cleared to Basic Level.

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    Probation Confirmation of your appointment will be dependent upon the satisfactory completion of a probationary period of 1 year. If your performance, conduct or attendance during this period is not satisfactory your appointment may be terminated. All appointees will be expected to demonstrate a track record of effective service within this period.

    Career Development The NICS is committed to career development and offers attractive career prospects across a wide variety of roles and professions. Career development is an integral part of the performance management system. Your Personal Development Plan will identify your learning and development needs with a view to enhancing your skills and capabilities. As a NI Civil Servant you will have access to a wide range of internal job opportunities, including secondments with external organisations and are encouraged and supported in proactively managing your own career. Further Information Applicants wishing to learn more about the post before deciding to apply may telephone Malcolm Beattie on 028 90816024or email If you have any questions about the competition process, you should contact HRConnect on 0800 1 300 330 or email:

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    The vacancy is for one Grade 6 Head of the Business Consultancy Service (BCS) that reports directly to the Grade 5 Head of the Public Sector Reform Division.

    As Head of the BCS and PSRD Senior Management team you will be responsible for:

    Management of Business Consultancy Service

    You will be responsible for leading and developing an internal consultancy team of some 21 staff with a budget of 1.3m, delivering high quality consultancy across the NICS and wider public sector. BCS is resourced on the basis of a hard charging model. Key to successful management is ensuring that a full cost delivery model is achieved and that individual project and programme budgets are managed effectively. There will also be a focus on ens